North and north-east pupils are “disadvantaged” compared with those in the Central Belt who are able to study a greater number of subjects, it has been claimed.
One school has been shut down in a north or north-east community every two months on average during the public spending squeeze in the last decade.
Spending on education, culture and roads in the north and north-east has been slashed by more than £230 million in real terms over the last decade.
The SNP yesterday launched a major independence fundraising drive, targeting every Scottish household, on the back of Nicola Sturgeon’s call for a second poll.
River managers on the Dee and Spey have demanded Scottish Government action after it emerged salmon catches have fallen to their lowest ever level.
Nicola Sturgeon made a very deliberate attempt to strike a consensual tone as she updated Holyrood on her independence plans yesterday.
Motorists, grieving families, disabled and elderly people, young couples and recyclers are among those to have been hit by soaring charges for council services in recent years.
Local authorities in the north and north-east will soon be raising more than £1 billion each year in extra revenue as they hike charges and fees to help plug funding gaps.
Plans to delay cutting Air Passenger Duty (APD) have been described as a “bitter blow” for Aberdeen.
Nicola Sturgeon will give a “detailed and substantive” update on Scottish independence and Brexit in a Holyrood statement today, her spokesman has claimed.
Murdo Fraser has called for the House of Lords to be abolished after Brexit and replaced with a Senate with elected members from across the UK.
Plans for a new £80million-plus jail in Inverness have been delayed for another 16 months and will not be ready until March 2023.
Education Secretary John Swinney is facing fresh calls to scrap primary one tests after a damning Holyrood report into the controversial assessments.
Councils in the north and north-east are now in billions of pounds of debt – with the amount owed to the Treasury soaring by almost 50% in less than a decade.
Core funding for north-east councils has been cut by the equivalent of £100,000-a-day, the Scottish Conservatives have claimed.
Local authority leaders in the north and north-east have joined forces to demand urgent action to survive the “perfect storm” facing council finances.
In the first part of this week’s P&J series on local government finance, Calum Ross today finds out how council workforces have shrunk in recent years.
The Scottish Government’s influence over rural planning issues has been attacked after a local decision to reject two Orkney windfarms was overturned in Edinburgh.
Nicola Sturgeon demanded action against “xenophobia” in politics as she said Scotland rejected Theresa May’s “despicable” hostile environment.
Politicians have called for more land to be made available for gypsy/travellers as a new report said almost 140 north and north-east locations are used for unauthorised camps.
A catalogue of Police Scotland blunders has been identified in a dossier revealing almost 200 mistakes were made in 18 months.
Richard Leonard yesterday said paying the minimum wage and recognising trade unions would be mandatory under a Scottish Labour Government.
Fergus Ewing has said Brexit poses a major risk to fish processing as he warned the loss of its EU workforce would threaten the industry’s future.
Highland MSP Donald Cameron has demanded action to protect flights to Coll, Colonsay and Tiree after receiving details of the financial challenges facing the service.
Schools will be flooded with hundreds of extra pupils in the next two years, heaping pressure on stressed-out staff and creaking classrooms.
Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has claimed the Scottish Government is failing to reassure rural patients that the GP shortage is being tackled.
Moray MP Douglas Ross yesterday attacked the Scottish Government’s “failure” to deliver a social security system north of the border.
Richard Lochhead has said delivery firms should explore setting up pick-up and drop-off points in a bid to cut delivery charges to the north.
The head of a Scottish Government task force has acknowledged doctors’ fears that the new GP contract is damaging to rural areas, the health secretary has said.
MSPs yesterday called for urgent action to preserve wild salmon in the Dee, Spey, Tay and Tweed amid warnings that Scotland is facing its “last generation of angling”.
Transport Secretary Michael Matheson is to look at setting up a task force to encourage the transportation of whisky distilled in the north and north-east by rail.
Nicola Sturgeon yesterday signalled that Education Secretary John Swinney would contact Aberdeen City Council to examine rocketing teacher absences in the city.